He’s the MVP with the MVB.
Slugger David Ortiz led a scruffy band of Boston Red Sox to the 2013 Major League Baseball championship, winning the World Series Most Valuable Player title along the way. On Sunday, clippings from Ortiz’s beard sold for nearly $11,000 in an eBay auction. Most valuable indeed.
The beard trimmings were collected by Gillette last month – every strand was saved, the company said – and fashioned into a ball-like clump that the razor maker called “one of the more unique pieces of memorabilia in sports history – beard ball trophies.”
“Not only is this real championship beard hair, it is real championship MVP beard hair,” the auction listing read in part. It also noted that the hair had been “treated and sterilized.”
The facial fuzz was auctioned, along with the razor that was used and a plaque bearing Ortiz’s autograph, by the Movember Foundation USA, a charity that encourages men to grow mustaches for the month of November to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer.
The hairball garnered 132 bids, with the unknown winner agreeing to pay $10,877.77. A beard ball trophy made from the whiskers of Ortiz’s teammate Shane Victorino sold for $3,750.69. Mike Napoli's beard is still at large.
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